Association members can visit http://yangfamilytaichi.com/members-only/journals.php to view the latest journal, which looks back on the symposium. PDF version is available now. Interactive version coming soon.
We’ve put up pages describing the 2015 China Adventure. We’ll be celebrating GM Yang Zhenduo’s 90th birthday! Visit yangfamilytaichi.com/events/2015 for more information.
Anna Siniscalco, a Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association Certified Instructor, leads a group practice in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.
Congratulations to the following for their recent promotions.
New Center Director
Francesco Matera, Varese, Italy
New Affiliated Instructors
Tim Brelig, Louisville, KY
Maria Therezinha M. Firmo Tengan, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
Fabiana Silvano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
New Certified Instructors
Elaine Cooper, Farmington Hills, MI
Cheryl Medvedenko, Rockford, MI
Vera Lazzeri, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
New Academy Instructors
In the Members-Only area we have added a video of GM Yang Jun performing the 16-Movement Form. http://yangfamilytaichi.com/members-only/videos.php
Master Yang Jun accepted seven disciples July 9, 2014. This event was held at Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Louisville, KY, USA. The new disciples are 杨雅谦Duc Nguyen Minh, 杨雅竹 Pam Boyde, 杨雅兰Teresa Zuniga, 杨雅儒Konstantinos Kotsifakis, 杨雅诚Ruben Coirini, 杨雅梅Anna Siniscalco, and 杨雅信Fernando De Lazzari.
Master Yang Jun was awarded the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel on July 7, 2014. Louisville Mayor Fischer presented the Kentucky Colonel certificate to Master Yang Jun. Wikipedia says “Kentucky Colonel is the highest title of honor given by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Commissions for Kentucky colonels are given by the Governor and the Secretary of State to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation. ”
The person receiving the Kentucky Colonel commission becomes a lifetime honorable member of the Commonwealth. Members of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels include: Muhammad Ali , Bill Clinton, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Tiger Woods, and Elvis Presley. It has been given eight people this year.
There’s a new page to help all symposium attendees with orientation: http://taichisymposium.com/orientation/ . It contains an Attendee Orientation slideshow and the DVD Pre-Order form. Alsp. a link to the Symposium Handbook.
An interview with Grandmaster Yang Jun
By Bill Walsh
2014 is an important year for Tai Chi Chuan. Once again, leading exponents of the traditional styles will come together for a Tai Chi Chuan Symposium, where they will share their families’ long-developed treasures. Master Yang Jun will represent the Yang Family, as his grandfather has retired. At the end of the 2009 Symposium, Master Yang was recognized as the fifth generation lineage holder of the Yang Family.
Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo has been teaching in the United States since 1991 and Master Yang Jun has assisted him. In a recent talk with Master Yang Jun, I asked him about what he has learned in this long apprenticeship and his thoughts about the gathering of the leading teachers of the traditional styles. He also discusses the importance of two primary skills necessary to advance in Tai Chi Chuan: relaxing and using the waist.